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Jalisco, Mexico - La Bufa Road, Rancho Primavera and Bioto Road May 2014

I took three local half-day trips from Puerto Vallarta, each starting before dawn to maximize daylight: the high elevation La Bufa, Rancho Primavera and the road to Bioto. Each turned out, for their own reasons, to be excellent birding locations...Chris Drysdale reports

Mexico - Yucatan Peninsular, 23 January - 6 February 2012

  • The golf course ponds were an obvious magnet for water birds, and we were again struck by how much closer you can get to American birds than their European cousins...John and Jo Tallon report.

Yucatan Peninsula April 20th to May 4th 2011 a report in .pdf format (1Mb) by Val and Alan Greggains

Visit to Mexico, Yucatan Peninsular, Quintana Roo January 13th to January 28th 2011.

  • Looking over the large lake we could see plenty of American Coot, as well as large numbers of Blue-winged Teal. Black-necked Stilts foraged around the pool edges, and we could see in the distance a single Black-bellied Whistling Duck....Brian & Isabel Eady report.

Yucatan, Mexico 3rd - 9th January 2011

  • I took a week trip to Mexico.... I only spent two days birding. However, it was still very productive with 134 species seen...John Kirby reports.

Yucatan, Mexico 15 February - 22 February 2009

  • I got up before dawn to bird the area around the house before the rest of the family got going. On the beach were some semipalmated plovers and a couple of western/semipalmated sandpipers....Geoff Upton reports.

Oaxaca and Guerrero, Mexico March 6th to 27th 2009

  • Apart from the amazing birding experience, it was a huge privilege just to be in this part of Mexico – it’s pine and oak forests of the high Sierra Madre, the cloud and tropical forests of the lower eastern slopes, the more arid terrain of the interior and Pacific slope, and to be among the rural people for a glimpse into their very hard way of life...John Ward reports.

Mexico (Quintano Roo, Campeche, Chiapas and Yucatan) 12th to 26th Jan 2009

  • Birding around the ruins produced many birds including Slaty-tailed Trogon, Blue-crowned Motmot and many American warblers including Worm-eating Warbler....Peter Middleton and David Little report.
White Hawk

Oaxaca and Southern Veracruz March 2008

  • This trip to Oaxaca was highly successful, we saw 331 species, with many endemics recorded, including several Nava’s Wrens, Sumichrast’s Wren, Dwarf Jay, Sumichrast’s Sparrow, White-striped Woodcreeper, Rosita’s Bunting, Ocellated Thrasher, Gray-crowned Woodpecker and Colima Pygmy-Owl...Paul van Els (et al) report.

Yukatan September 2008 - a report in Spanish (with English bird list) .pdf format (1.5Mb) by Juan Antonio Lorenzo

Birdwatching in the Yucatan Peninsula February 26-March 13, 2008

  • For us, the birding was the discovery of multiple hidden treasures: the sites and habitats we visited (sketched below), the young Mexican birders, the small villages, the Mayan ruins and the interior landscape of the Yucatan peninsula.  In the end, the birds themselves were the icing on the cake...Audrey Fielding reports.

Casual birding in the Yucatan December 9-22, 2007

  • My wife, Katherine, and I enjoyed a trip to the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, beginning in Merida and ending in Tulum. While planning the trip I assured Katherine that this would be the vacation we both needed, not an “extreme birding” trip...Peter J. Metropulos reports.

Yucatan Peninsula (and Cozumel) Mexico August 2007

  • This year we again spent our family holiday in the Caribbean, on an 'unintentional' twin centre break in Mexico...just prior to the arrival of Hurricane Dean we were evacuated to the mainland and didn't return from our second hotel for a week while our Cozumel hotel was repaired...John Yates reports

Mexico - Yucatan, 25th March - 9th April 2007

  • I picked up a few new land birds during this time along, and adjacent to, the road to the golf course pools, adding a Yellow tailed Oriole to my life list and several sightings of Plain Chachalaca, including 5 together on 1 April on a building site, shortly to become another massive hotel...Bob Biggs reports.

Yucatan, Mexico 22/1-5/2 2007

  • Our excellent guide showed us some species we just dreamt off when looking at them in the fieldguides, some species we had not even been thinking off. To mention a few Bare-throated Tiger Heron, Boat-billed Heron, American Oystercatcher, Marbled Godwit and Forster´s Tern...Lars Olausson reports.

South East Mexico, 15th-30th April 2006

  • This is a report on a mixed birding and general sightseeing trip to South East Mexico, focusing on sites in the Yucatan Peninsula and Northern and Central Chiapas. The trip was planned to maximise birding time in the early mornings and then visit Mayan ruins later in the day. The final 4 days were spent on Isla Mujeres....Dave Lowe and Richard Rae report.

Yucatán and Chiapas, Mexico 12-26 March 2006

  • A two-week trip combining birding with visiting Mayan and Spanish colonial sites.  We have given notes on the main birding sites visited, and the most interesting bird species seen rather than an exhaustive species list...Guy Anderson reports.

Riviera Maya, Yucatan Peninsula 9th - 23rd April 2006

  • So 6 months on from the Hurricane how is the Yucatan looking? Evidence of Wilma is still present if you look hard enough. A lot of the under storey is now full of dead branches and foliage and some of the trees are still stripped bare and apparently dead. However the majority of the trees are now back in full leaf and flower....Steve Baines reports.

Yellow-faced Grassquit

Cozumel: birding after hurricane Wilma Nov 2005

  • This is a short note for birders interested in birding Cozumel Island and wonder how the situation was shortly after hurricane Wilma hit Cozumel. Wilma was a slow-moving category 4 storm who raged on Cozumel for 24 hours. I visited Cozumel Island on 23-26 November 2005...Eduard Sangster reports

Mexico (Cancun, Coba, Playa Del Carmen, Puerto Morelos) 17th March - 30th March 2005

  • Having arrived the night before and feeling fully rested, I began my search for birds at 6-00am. New birds in a new country are always exciting and my first species was Great Tailed Grackle which was displaying and calling. On the beach Magnificent Frigatebirds and Brown Pelicans passed almost constantly....David Ousey reports.

West-Central Mexico December 2004

  • There is always something both peaceful and exciting about boating slowly through a marsh or swamp especially when stocked chock-a-block with terrific birds.  Both trips served up a very impressive array of water birds and most of them in sizeable numbers...Paul Prevett reports

Northern Mexico 20th April and 7th May 2004

  • We attempted to see as many of northern Mexico's endemics as possible in the time available. The key species to see on this itinerary are the following regional endemics not found elsewhere: maroon-fronted parrot, red-crowned parrot, Tamaulipas pygmy-owl, tawny-collared nightjar, tufted jay, Altamira yellowthroat (though also in northern Veracruz), crimson-collared grosbeak and Worthen's sparrow.....Phil Benstead reports.

Southern Mexico 27th March – 16th April 2004 

  • As soon as it got light, a couple of Caribbean Doves showed well as they fed on the track, and some tapping led me to a diminutive Yucatan Woodpecker, another regional endemic probably more readily found on Cozumel than anywhere else....Simon Allen reports.

Yuctán Peninsula 26 February to 16 March 2004

  • By far the birdiest area was the tall, bromeliad-festooned forest right around the first group of ruins as you enter the archeological site. In less than one hour, here we saw Rose-throated Tanager, Rose-throated and Gray-collared Becards, Gray-throated Chat, Eye-ringed Flatbill, and many commoner species...Michael Kessler reports

Birding and Duding in Yucutan and Belize July 26th to Aug 31st 2003

  • Rio Lagartos was perhaps our favourite place. Site of the asteroid impact that did for the dinosaurs 65 million years ago - not many people know that! - Hotel right on waterfront, terns, gulls, ibis, egrets all fly by constantly. After a hurricane two years ago it's now very wet all round town. Fantastic birding around and south of town. Boat-billed Herons can be seen behind the bus station!, and the fields were full of waders....Tim Allwood and Claire Stephenson report.

West Mexico ( Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco and Colima) and The Yucatan Peninsula (Yucatan and Quintana Roo)1st Feb to 2nd Mar 2003

  • Mexico is a great place to go birding ... Highlights included many superb birds on Volcan de Nieve, with a spectacular backdrop and Barranca Rancho Liebre on the Durango Highway, which again is a spectacular place with so many great birds. Also the bird rich forest around Felipe Carrillo Puerto was very rewarding....Neil Osborne reports.

Southern Mexico January 2003

  • After a year of little in the way of life birds, despite numerous trips, it was time to get serious and visit one of those places that would make a difference to my list hovering around the 1000 mark. Lots of possibilities then, but to tie in with Demi's desires, it had to be North America somewhere, so it was time to explore, ahem, Southern Mexico...Alex Kirschel reports

Mexico (Yucatán and Quintana Roo) 26 May – 3 June 2002

  • This was our second trip to Mexico, having previously visited the area between Mexico City and Oaxaca two years ago.  We had just over a week available to us, and wanted somewhere where we could combine good birding with general tourist stuff, without having to do too much driving, and the Yucatán peninsula fitted the bill very well...Gruff Dodd reports

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Some Useful bird books for Mexico:
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Collins Field Guide - Birds of Mexico and Central America
Ber van Perlo: Buy from or

  • ‘Birds of Mexico and Central America’ is the only field guide to illustrate and describe every species of bird you may see in Central America from Mexico to Panama, including Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

Where to Watch Birds in Mexico
Steve Howell, Sophie Webb (Illustrator): Buy from or

  • Mexico is one of the best birdwatching destinations in the world. The country's species list comprises a wide range of resident birds and many migrants from South and Central America. This guide covers over 100 birdwatching sites from Baja California to the Yucatan Peninsula. Over 950 species can be seen including virtually all the endemics and regional specialities. as with other guides in this series. This book also provides information on travel, accessibility, location of species and when it is best to see them. There are also suggested itineraries for birding holidays in Mexico. Steve Howell co-authored "A Guide to the Birds of Mexico".

A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America
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  • This new field guide covers the 1070 bird species, including North American migrants, known to inhabit Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, and western Nicaragua. More than 180 species are endemic to this region. Richly illustrated with colour plates and additional black-and-white drawings, it describes the birds' appearance, voice, habitat, behaviour (including nests and eggs), and distribution. Introductory chapters give essential background information

The Sibley Guide to Birds (Audubon Society Nature Guides Ser.)
David Allen Sibley: Buy from or

  • David Sibley's new field guide to the birds of North America renders all the existing guides obsolete at one stroke. The book itself is beautifully produced and crafted - the sort of book that gives pleasure just in the handling of it. Covers many of the birds seen in Mexico.

A Field Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Adjacent Areas : Belize, Guatemala, and El Salvador
Ernest Preston Edwards, Edward Murrell Butler (Illustrator): Buy from or

  • I hope you will agree this is the most "user-friendly" Mexican bird guide. It has gone through two major revisions, each time becoming more useful and helpful than before. (1) In my book, almost all of the illustrations (the "heart and soul" of a field guide) are better, in my opinion, than those in most other Mexican or Central American guides, (Comments by author)

Recommended travel books for Mexico

Lonely Planet: Mexico
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  • "Mexico is an experience that offers a multitude of cultures, cuisine, environments, handicrafts, art and history." This vast country covers an area of almost 2 million square km encompassing mountains, plains, deserts and beaches.."

Eyewitness Travel Guides 41: Mexico
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  • This guide to Mexico features the country's best museums, beaches, ancient sites and churches and highlights information on food and fiestas, hotels, bars and restaurants. Organized district by district with a systematic, thematic approach this book provides information on sights in each area and features in each major sight to help you know what to look out for and how to make the most of your time.

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